Halal food, once most commonly served as platters of chicken, falafel, kofta kebab or lamb over rice, has grown to encompass Chinese, Turkish, Afghan and even Taiwanese cuisines.
Now Mexican fare joins the growing ranks with the opening of Guac Time in Hicksville.
The Mexican chain, which debuted in Manhattan last year, follows the same model as other like-minded fast-casual eateries (think Chipotle, Moe’s). The menu is based around burritos, quesadillas, tacos and bowls, available as nachos, fries and salads. Protein comes in the form of chicken, steak, beef, fish, and for vegetarians and vegans, there are vegetables and plant-based meat. Meals are finished with toppings — queso, corn, cilantro, pico de Gallo, housemade guacamole — and sauces, also made in-house.
The highest priced item on the menu, a high protein bowl made up of white lime rice, black beans, grilled chicken, steak, spicy salsa, sour cream and romaine lettuce, costs $14.
Akash Marwaha, who co-owns the restaurant with three family friends, said they plan on opening Guac Time locations in all 50 states.
Guac Time is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. It’s at 412 South Broadway in Hicksville. More info: 516-465-2042; guactimenyc.com